160 Canal Street, Lewiston, ME 04240

Youth Orchestra of Lewiston-Auburn

Youth Orchestra of Lewiston-Auburn

The Youth Orchestra of Lewiston-Auburn (YOLA) is a string orchestra providing the orchestral experience for young musician creating excitement and passion in music through a committed approach to performing. Playing in an ensemble develops teamwork, camaraderie, and a sense of community while enhancing individual skills.

Linda Vaillancourt


YOLA is directed by Linda Vaillancourt, who earned her undergraduate music degree from the University of Southern Maine and her Master’s in viola performance from the University of Maine. For over a decade, Linda has taught students from pre-K to high school seniors. She currently teaches band and orchestra at North Yarmouth Academy. Actively involved in ASTA and NafME/MMEA, Linda has served as orchestra vice president and manager of the Maine All-State Orchestra. She frequently performs as violist in the Bangor Symphony, Maine Chamber Ensemble, and Maine Music Society.

Director–YOLA Prep

YOLA Prep is directed by Jessie Boardman. Jessie Boardman has over 30 years of experience playing the violin and over 15 years teaching students of all ages the violin in both classical and traditional fiddling genres. She teaches in her private studio, at Sandy Island Suzuki Camp, and at Maine Fiddle Camp. Jessie is a member of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra and has played with the Bates Orchestra and Maine Music Society. She has a Masters of Education, and her favorite thing to do is to help other people accomplish goals they never thought they could accomplish. 

Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at Free Grace Presbyterian Church (160 Canal St, Lewiston).


Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm
The first rehearsal is November 5.
Bring your instrument and a pencil.

Cost: $150 for the 20 week session


Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7:10-8:10 pm
The first rehearsal is January 7.
Bring your instrument and a pencil.

Cost: $100 for the 13 week session


Concert: April 7, 2020 at Free Grace Presbyterian Church

Additional performances by YOLA only:
February 29, 2020 @ Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick
March 14, 2020––intermission at the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra

To Register

Fill out the registration form. The form may be e-mailed to info@gracenotemusic.org, mailed to the school, or dropped off at Free Grace Presbyterian Church.

Registration Forms